2002 Gibson Custom 1934 RI L5 Archtop ID-7200
2002 Pre Owned Gibson Custom 1934 RI L5 Archtop
All guitar historians will tell you that Orville Gibson invented the archtop guitar at the end of the 19th century, but many will also add that Lloyd Loar advanced the design considerably in the early 1920s. Gibson was already the leader in a market dominated more by mandolins and related instruments than by guitars in the early part of the last century when it hired a multi-talented musician, composer, teacher, and physics engineer by the name of Lloyd Loar in 1919 as a design consultant. This 2002 Pre Owned Gibson Custom 1934 RI L5 Archtop is excellent condition with very minor surface scratches and minor fretwear. It includes the original hardshell case. Please review the detailed photos below.
Along with designing the other members of his Master Series—the legendary F-5 mandolin, H-5 mandola and K-5 mando-cello—Loar unveiled the L-5 guitar in 1923, but the model is considered to have reached its zenith in 1934. While Gibson was already the preeminent manufacturer of archtop guitars, Loar brought a raft of advancements to the table, including harmonically tuned carved tops, violin-style f-holes (the L-5 was Gibson’s first guitar to carry them), tuned longitudinal tone bars (braces), and necks with longer playable portions of the fingerboard.
The previous owner of this Custom 1934 RI L5 was a master luthier at Gibson in Nashville Tn and personally selected the Flamed Maple back and sides. Additionally, this truly custom L5 features a slight V shaped neck profile, modeled after their own vintage Gibson J-45.
The heavy flamed maple neck is also a custom design feature as non-figured maple was the standard for this instrument. There is an additional badge on the inside of the instrument which features the signature of not only the luthier who this instrument once belonged to, but all of the custom shop master Lutheiers' who contributed to it's construction.
From the high-grade spruce top and custom heavy flamed maple back, sides and neck, and ebony fingerboard, this is a guitar made to play flawlessly and sound superb. Alongside such constructional considerations, details like the elongated bound pickguard, hand-rubbed Cremona Brown finish, open-back Waverly tuners, and flower pot headstock inlay make it virtually indistinguishable from the L-5 Gibson was producing at the height of the big-band era.
- Serial: 2002001
- Top Wood: High Grade Spruce
- Back Wood: Heavy Flamed Maple
- Nut Width: 1 3/4"
- Scale: 25"
- Year: 2002
- Bracing: Tuned longitudinal tone bars
- Inlays: Pearl Blocks
- Neck Wood: Figured Maple
- Fretboard: Ebony
- Nut Material: Bone
- Bridge: Rosewood Floating Adjustable
- Tuners: Gold Waverly tuners
- Purfling: B/W/B
- Body Binding: White ABS
- Fretboard Binding: White ABS
- Pickguard: Tortoise Style Bound
- Headstock Shape: Solid
- Headstock Overlay: Ebony
- Headstock Inlay: Flowerpot Gibson Logo
- Frets To Body: 14
- Neck Profile: Slight V Shape
- Case: Original Hardshell Case Included